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My Guide to Hiring an Assistant

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Ever said, “I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy” to doing something you’d really like to do If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’ve probably said these phrases hundreds of times. I know I have and still do. I don’t say those phrases nearly as much as I once did now that I’ve hired a virtual assistant. She manages my calendar, travel plans, e-mails, researches, and does a few technical tasks...

My 3-Step Approach To Getting Things Done

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Like yourself, I have a full plate. I manage a growing business, promote my company, serve as a director on several organizations, write a life blog, give back to my community, and research new business opportunities. Yet I still have time to play golf twice a week and spend most of the weekend with my wife, kids, family and friends. So I want to share how I manage my time and workflow to get the...

When All Is Lost, Trust Is Your Only Currency

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Do you have a pet peeve? I know I do. It’s being wrongfully accused of something—lying, cheating, stealing, breaking a promise. That’s because trust is a big issue with me. In fact, it’s the single most important thing in my life—outside my family. Trust is my why: I was known as the “priest” in school. Friends knew I’d protect their secrets. Even today I hold their secrets sacrosanct. My wife...

Find Your Leadership Role

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Seth Godin is a great marketer. In fact, he’s one of the best. He’s written 17 books that have been translated into 35 languages. Mostly, he writes about things like marketing, leadership, and the way things work. Seth says that there are only three roles in any business: Entrepreneur Manager Technician   Most entrepreneurs start out as technicians. They excel at people doing things and...

Write Emails That Work

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How can you get people to respond to emails especially with all the distraction there is today? Is email the workhorse behind your marketing efforts? If not, maybe it should be. Email’s so powerful it’s crushing both Facebook and Twitter when it comes to online selling according to an article on Wired Magazine’s website. In fact, it ranks just behind organic search and CPC when it comes to online...

Learning To Say “No”

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Saying “No” is hard If you’re like me, you hate to say “No” to people too. In fact, I find it one of the hardest things to do in life and business. Why? Maybe it’s because we hate to disappoint people. Or, maybe we feel obligated to say “Yes” because we’re in business. Or, maybe we just want to be the nice guy that just takes everything on. Whatever the reason, saying “No” is hard to do. So we...

The Fallacy Of Sunk Costs

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Imagine you’ve gone to your favorite restaurant. You order a great meal and start to eat. The portions are large and the food is fantastic. But after eating two thirds of the meal, you feel full. And today, no take-outs allowed. Would you finish the meal? Many of us would. I probably would. After all, I wouldn’t want the food to be “wasted.” This scenario is a classic case of...

Be More Like Olympians In Business

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I had a chance to listen to a truly inspirational speaker recently — paralympian Jeff Adams. He made two key points in his presentation. One was about training and discipline. The other was about passion and money. Both points hit home with me. And I’ll bet they hit home with you, too. Paralympians and Champions Jeff Adams is an amazing athlete. Six-time world champion, he competed in 6...